Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Act II take place?

2. What kind of women did Amanda imagine Elyot would go after?

3. What is prominently displayed in Amanda's flat?

4. According to Elyot, what is the problem with being a specialist?

5. What starts the final fight between Amanda and Elyot in Act II?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

2. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

3. Why are Amanda and Elyot reluctant to discuss another marriage?

4. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

5. In Act II, what does Elyot say that reveals his philosophy on life?

6. What do Victor and Sibyl do at the end of Act II when they see Amanda and Elyot fighting?

7. After Amanda and Elyot make up during the "triple Sollocks," what happens that brings their happy mood down again and why?

8. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

9. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

10. How is Elyot being hypocritical about Amanda's disclosure of her post-marital affairs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Victor and Sibyl appear to be two dimensional characters who are firmly stuck in their roles as man and woman. Do you consider these characters to be particularly intelligent? Does their intelligence or lack thereof affect their exaggerated femininity or masculinity? What are some specific examples of these characteristics? How do the other characters react to these qualities? Do you believe that these exaggerations cause their big breakdown at the very end of the play? Were they forced out of their passive roles by Amanda and Elyot's rampant challenging of how men and women are expected to act?

Essay Topic 2

"Private Lives" is known for sharp, witty dialogue. What role does the dialogue play in this story? How does it add to the plot, humor, and character development?

Essay Topic 3

Amanda and Elyot's battles appear to be made up of petty jealousies. Can their love exist without jealousy? Why or why not? What is the point of it? How does it add or detract from their love?

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